Cirkelns kvadratur - Hur London söker förena oförenligheter i brexitförhandlingarna

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Lunds universitet/Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Sammanfattning: Brexit has been one of the perhaps most circumscribed political subjects since the referendum in 2016. The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union will affect many, especially the people of Northern Ireland. Much of the brexit negotiations have come to circulate around this UK region because of its unique situation. Northern Ireland is a deeply divided society, where unionists on the one hand wants to strengthen the region’s position within the United Kingdom, and nationalists on the other wants to unite the region with Ireland. This essay studies the possible implications that brexit might have on the people of Northern Ireland and the political stalemate in the region. It does so by analysing the arguably the most influential discourse, the British Government’s, on Northern Ireland’s role in the brexit negotiations with a version of Faircloughs critical discourse analysis, and comparing the results to the existing literature on the subject to further deepen the analysis. The essay finds that the British Government’s discourse in different ways preserve the status-quo in Northern Ireland, and by doing so gives unionists and nationalists both fear and hope for the future.

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